Published on February 26th, 2016 | by Ken Cosentino0
Who Is Lucky Seven?
This Thursday, I made my way to the Waiting Room in Buffalo, NY to catch the Naughty By Nature 25th Anniversary tour. I was looking forward to seeing Treach since we worked together an Asylum film called “Atlantic Rim” in 2013. It was a great party at a packed venue, and opening for Naughty By Nature was an artist called “Lucky Seven.” I have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot about this artist and I just had to find out more about Lucky Seven…
From Lucky Seven:
Hip-hop is now in an era of reformation. While the tenants rappers follow for success are changing, the spirit of hip-hop is still alive at its core. The game is ripe for emcees who can find a healthy balance between new and old, honoring new school ideals and adhering to foundational guidelines. There is no one better to do so than Lucky Seven, Bed Stuy, Brooklyn resident by way of Buffalo, NY.
With an IQ of 145, it is evident that Lucky conceptualizes on a higher level than most. All his life, he has flexed his mental capabilities artistically. In fact, he originally wanted to be a cartoonist. However, being raised by Jamaican parents with an eclectic affinity for music (especially reggae) and the desire for their children learn to play musical instruments, Lucky Seven, naturally, leaned towards music. He started rapping at age 14 and hasn’t looked back since. During his formative years, he developed a lyrical prowess and swagger that most rappers would kill to have.
The musical endeavors of his teenage years manifested in the form of Howhood University, a hip-hop collective of artists and producers, started with friends at “The Mecca” Howard University, where Lucky earned a degree in political science with a minor in African-American studies. Through Howhood, Lucky released his first project, Best Kept Secret. Through the time-honored, hip-hop tradition of hand-to-hand sales, thousands of copies were sold. Since, Lucky has seen similar success with other projects (plus thousands of downloads and numerous blog placements), highlighted by the release of Howhood’s crew release, The Black College Experience.
Lucky Seven is poised to make a true impact with his latest work, Bar Wars. This will not just be an EP. L7 has a full-fledged movement he’s ready to unveil to the world. His poetic verses over top-notch sonic arrangements, coupled with an exciting movement in the streets are sure to catapult Lucky Seven to the echelon of the leaders of this new school.
Not too long ago, in a municipality far, far away–Buffalo, NY, to be exact–emcee Lucky Seven decided it was time to let his rap talents shine alongside an all-time epic. As an avid fan of the Star Wars franchise, Luck Seven was thrilled to hear about the upcoming release of Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens. He just had to honor George Lucas’ seventh saga in the series with his one of his premier talents: delivering bars. The result of the mingling of Lucky Seven’s fandom and rap prowess is Bar Wars, a seven part series of his own, replacing films with mixtapes.
The first offering of the Bar Wars series is Episode IV: A New Dope, a 10-track project. For this mixtape, Luck Seven has enlisted the talents of Howhood University (HHU) newcomer Steele AhHeem to exchange verses with, over “boom bap” production, laced by HHU producers James “Heff” Younge, Jahi Chambers, Braden Blair and Matt Cody.
If there’s any clique who can deliver a hip-hop opus worthy to stand side-by-side with Star Wars, it’s Lucky Seven and HHU. The crew has proven to work sonic miracles in the past, and Bar Wars is no different. The force is strong with this one, and no one will be able to deny that after listening.
At the present time, in a society that we’re all a part of…It is a dark time for the people. The Empire is attacking civilians with impunity, and it’s time to strike back. Buffalo, NY flame-spitter Lucky Seven is fed up and has assumed the role as commander of the Rebellion, and will lead the freedom fighters with “Bar Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Rap.”
This sonic call-to-action (a follow-up to last month’s Episode IV: A New Dope) will serve as a verbal onslaught enacted to vanquish the thousands of remote probes dispatched into every crevice of our stomping grounds. Riding alongside Lucky Seven are HHU rebels Steele AhHeem, G.S. and Short Moscato with production from Kris Ernst, James “Heff” Younge, James Bowman, among others.
The aim of this lyrical edict is to entertain listeners with fire, yet promote wokeness among the masses. Rebels will be inspired to rail against the dastardly Empire by demanding change.
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Rap will not be the end. Expect new Bar Wars heat from Lucky Seven and the Howhood U crew every month!
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